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Exploring Bristol’s legendary music fest and attractions around Virginia

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Tom Wilmer
Top of the world in the heart of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer reporting from Bristol, Virginia where he was covering Bristol Rhythm and Roots Music Festival (Sept. 9-11) Join Wilmer for a conversation with with Chris Canfield, vice president at Virginia Tourism.

Canfield shares insights about Bristol—known as the birthplace of Country Music, Bristol's legendary Rhythm & Roots Music Fest, along with some tempting vacation allures around Virginia.

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Tom Wilmer
Live music kicks off the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Music Festival at Bristol Hotel's Lumacs Rooftop Bar.

Canfield says, “my mission is to maximize the potential of Virginia's Tourism Industry through the power of Creative Communities focusing on the Arts, Music, Culinary and Outdoor Adventures."

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Chris Canfield, VP with Virginia Tourism Corp.

Bristol is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2020 census, the population was 17,219. It is the twin city of Bristol, Tennessee, just across the state line, which runs down the middle of its main street, State Street.

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Tom Wilmer produces on-air content for Issues & Ideas airing over KCBX and is producer and host of the six-time Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Recorded live on-location across America and around the world, the podcasts feature the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts--everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic.